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23 August 2017 @ 06:22 pm
Reading, Listening, Watching  
Reading: I finally finished Crime and Punishement which was interesting but very monologuey. I've moved on to Unshapely Things by Marc del Franco, which seems quite good but I have a feeling I've exhausted my patience for wizards in garrets brooding about their tragic pasts.

Listening: I just listened to the first of the David Tennant and Catherine Tate Big Finish audios which I enjoyed more than I expected to - although they paired Donna up with another London temp and I actually, on audio, found them quite hard to tell apart.

Watching: A mixture of Wallander, Killjoys, Yuri on Ice and classic Doctor Who. We're doing quite well for choice of viewing options at the moment.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/462107.html.
daniel_saunders: Kafkadaniel_saunders on August 23rd, 2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
I really must re-read Crime and Punishment. I expect it would be a different experience reading it now to how it was when I was sixteen.
louisedennis: General:Bookslouisedennis on August 24th, 2017 11:53 am (UTC)
Reading it from a 21st Century perspective, it seems clear that Dostoyevsky is trying to portray some kind of mental health issue with Raskolnikov - in the early parts it reads a lot like depression, though of course Dostoyevsky had no access to modern categorisations. Of course, that subsequently makes Raskolnikov's crime and the role his mental state had in it, somewhat uncomfortable to a modern reader, almost as if the behaviour is being excused in some way.

Similarly, the passages leading up to Svidrigailov's suicide, the only ones from his point of view, don't read like rational thought processes, even though his behaviour up to that point as viewed by others has been fairly clearly manipulative arguing he knows more or less exactly what he's about.

So I was left wondering exactly what Dostoyevsky was trying to say about the mental state of criminals.
daniel_saunders: Kafkadaniel_saunders on August 24th, 2017 06:31 pm (UTC)
I have to confess that I read it before my mental health issues had started, or had at least been diagnosed, so I wasn't as aware of these things. Something to watch out for when I re-read it.
liadtbunny: LotR Gandalfliadtbunny on August 24th, 2017 02:13 pm (UTC)
You are certainly are enjoying a variety of viewing.

Yeah, wizards get out and have a fight!